The school buildings in Sherburne County, Minn., will soon get free help with the maintenance of school buildings and grounds. According to the Star News, work crews from the county's community work crew program, managed through the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office, will assist the district schools free-of-charge.

All workers have been approved for work release by a judge and use the service as a way to work off their fine or sentence. According to the article, "The crews would be in the schools five days a week, working shifts from 4 p.m. to midnight. While inside the schools, the crews would be in concentrated areas, and under constant supervision of a Sherburne County employee."

The goal is to provide better-maintained schools, but the decision didn't come without certain concerns. Some people within the community were happy with the decision to increase the maintenance of the school, but were concerned that other schools in the district (outside his county) would not receive similar services. To meet the needs at those schools, the school board plans to ask the other counties if they would be interested in having work crews at their schools.

More of a concern was the safety of the children while workers were in the school, but board members feel this shouldn't be an issue. These workers committed minor offenses and have been cleared by a judge to work outside the prison. That aside, the sheriff's department has conducted a screening process on the workers prior to assigning them to the school.

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